Videos from Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin are being taken down as fast as they are coming up. Sarah Palin's church videos showing her in front of the congregation being prayed over have been removed from YouTube as well as Palin's swimsuit videos from the 1984 Miss Alaska contest. Palin is an issue on all sorts of cultural, political and social levels as well as one of controlling your image and information and how your entire life is up for exposure (ladies, think even down to the cellulite level).
Newsweek's article says she speaks gibberish when she gets off her talking points. Is she Dan Quayle in lipstick or Forest Gumping her way to the White House or like a filly standing on shaky legs until she grows into this challenge? Or like all of us, just trying to do our best wherever we may find ourselves, and knowing we are all imperfect? Or scared after she has leapt of the high diving board into the pool of big-time politics? But why, as women, do we reach for perfection?
Palin is the political iteration of Elle Woods, the character in the Legally Blonde movies, as Judith Warner muses in her NYTimes Domestic Disturbances blog post, Poor Sarah, and she writes, "You don’t have to be perennially pretty in pink — and ditsy and cutesy and kinda maybe stupid — to have an inner Elle Woods. Many women do. I think of Elle every time I dress up my insecurities in a nice suit. ... Chick lit — think of Bridget Jones, always fumbling, never quite who she should be — and in particular the newer subgenre of mom lit are filled with this kind of sentiment." The Imposter Syndrome, is what Warner terms it, something that is relevant to both sexes.
Tina Fey's SNL sketch last night was a take off of Palin's bumbling interview with Katie Couric. Warner gave a shout-out to comedian Sara Benincasa who does parodies of Palin so I had to go find that woman, who wonders when "the vapors" gave way to "panic attacks". Funny, she, so here you go:
Governor Sarah Palin Vlog #1
Mother would say: Fake it 'Till You Make It on this, I figure.